It’s time for the Exposed DC photography show, a sure sign that spring is arriving. The annual show has also become sort of a rite of passage for many of the District’s top amateur photographers. Over the past nine years, founder and organizer Heather Goss says many participants have gone from debuting at Exposed to even bigger stages.
“It’s a joy to watch that growth and think that our little show may have something to do with it,” Heather says.
This year’s show opens Thursday in a new space — 1358 NE, the Capital Fringe Headquarters at 1358 Florida Avenue NE. If you haven’t grabbed a ticket for the opening party (Thursday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.), click here and do it now because the show will likely sell out.
While some of the photos in this year’s show may be reminiscent of past work, taken as a whole, it’s another photographic chapter in the story of life in DC.
“This year our photographers were there for the end of some beloved D.C. institutions, like the ‘demise’ of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the death of Marion Barry. In other photos, we get a glimpse of life as it grows here, like teenagers hanging out on U Street, our beloved baby animals at the National Zoo, and even mortified kids going through a rite of passage: being dragged around by their over-eager tourist parents,” Heather says. “Some photographers find unique ways to film our traditions — photos that would be cliche in the wrong hands — like images of the Fourth of July fireworks on the Mall, portraits at the High Heel Race, and landscapes of cherry blossoms at the Tidal Basin.”
But what makes the show special, she says, are the snippets of everyday life that photographers captured ” far from the politics that so many outsiders associate with the Nation’s capital.”
“They find new ways to see the things we see a hundred times each day: a stylish young woman at a bus stop, a bored museum guard, shoppers at the fish market,” Heather says.
If you haven’t had a chance to check out Exposed DC’s “Best of Show” winners, you should hop over to their site right now for a sneak peek of some of the work in this year’s show.